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Die Seele ist ein Oktopus, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum Charite

Die Seele ist ein Oktopus, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum Charite
Photo: Nina Diezemann / Charité / Topoi

Die Seele ist ein Oktopus, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum Charite

Die Seele ist ein Oktopus, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum Charite
Photo: Nina Diezemann / Charité / Topoi

The Soul Is an Octopus

Ancient Ideas of Life and the Body

The Soul Is an Octopus

Ancient Ideas of Life and the Body

Duration:

May 11 – September 11, 2016

Exhibition opening:

Tuesday, 10. May 2016, 7 p.m.

Opening hours:

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wed and Sat, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Venue:

Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

Admission: € 7 / € 3.50 (reduced)
www.topoi.org/event/33354/

Please note: Unless otherwise indicated, the lectures will be in German.


What does the soul consist of? How does it govern the human body, and where it is located? These questions will be explored by the exhibition “The Soul Is an Octopus: Ancient Ideas of Life and the Body.” It presents key conceptions of body and soul that were developed by physicians and philosophers between 500 BC and 500 AD and connects them to our ideas today.

While the exhibition focuses mainly on the widely received and discussed views of Aristotle and Galen, it also presents less well-known perspectives, such as the Stoics’ view that the soul spreads through the body like the tentacles of an octopus. Besides precious medical instruments, ancient votive body parts, and luxuriously painted Attic drinking bowls, the exhibition also features large-format graphics that translate its contents into contemporary visual language. The resulting insights into the ancients’ understanding of the soul and the body not only help us recognize the roots of some of our medical views today, but also invite us to empathize with and enjoy alternative perspectives.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture series featuring historians of medicine and of philosophy, archaeologists and physicians as well as a richly illustrated 140-page catalogue, which can be ordered through the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité or Edition Topoi.

A cooperation of the Cluster of Excellence “Topoi,” the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship of Classics and History of Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité; with support from the Schering Stiftung.

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